Running My Christian Walk
Start writing a post

Running My Christian Walk

It's the best run I'll ever have.

Running My Christian Walk

Since beginning the endeavor of long distance running, I have come to realize, or more like God has taught me, how this sport is much like our Christian walk. There are surprisingly many similarities between running and the life of a Christian. These are simple, basic truths but I don’t believe we can be reminded of them too much. Even if running isn’t your thing, I encourage you to read on. Hopefully, you can get something out of this, I know I got a lot.

  • Fuel : I’m sure you have heard it a million times “you get out what you out in”. It honestly amazes me how many things this saying can be applied to, but I'm talking about our relationship with God and running here so I’ll save that for another day. While I don’t believe in “bad foods” (except for maybe mushrooms), I do know that certain foods or food groups can definitely influence how you run. You have to fuel your body to run well. The same is true for the Christian life, except here I would definitely say some things are bad. Surrounding yourself with other solid Christians, listening to worship music, reading the Word daily, and praying are some of what I’ve come to call the “good fuel” for the Christian walk. I’m sure you’re able to guess the “bad fuel”. For me what comes to mind first is the opposites of the “good fuels” so, being around the wrong people and letting them influence your faith and beliefs negatively, reading and praying less or not at all, etc. What you put in and how much you put in WILL influence how your Christian walk is going to go. You might think it’s okay now but give it a few miles, and those five slices of pizza will catch up to you.

  • Burn Out : Unless you have experienced this, you may not know what a “burn out” in running means. Basically, it when someone does too much running and not enough resting. In my opinion, it's the worst thing that can happen to a runner training for a race. These can be mental, physical, or both. Either you do so much running that you lose all desire to run or practice anymore, or your body gets so overworked that it essentially refuses to run (trust me, it’s awful). Hopefully you get my point. I have learned that this can happen in our Christian walk too, and many people do. A lot of people get too caught up doing things for God (or for comparisons sake, running), and not enough time actually WITH Him (resting). This leaves us in a constant state of go, go, go, going here and there, helping, serving, and while these are good things they can leave us tired and worn down spiritually. It's like we get to a point in doing these things and we wonder where God is, and then you look back and there God is, a few service projects ago when we decided we could do it without Him. I don’t think anyone intentionally leaves God out of things but it can and does happen. Sometimes we just need to step back, sit down, and get quiet and spend time with God, resting in His presence.

  • Painful : I don’t think anyone needs to explain why running miles upon miles is painful. Aching muscles, blistered feet, missing toenails, burning lungs, do I need to go on? No one who has ever ran will tell you that it wasn't painful at some point (or several points). It’s the exact same in the Christian walk. It can get painful. You find yourself in situations that you don't know which way to go, sometimes it seems like God isn't listening, you’ll have rough days, weeks, maybe years. People may make fun of you; you may lose friends because of your beliefs. It isn’t going to be easy. It going to hurt sometimes. The only advice I know to give during these times of pain (for both living and running) is to keep moving forward, don’t stop, and pray.

  • Beautiful : That’s right. I believe running is a beautiful thing. And believe it or not, a lot of people would agree with me. Running is my happy place, it doesn't have to be yours. It’s where I can get away with just God. It has become one of my quiet places. It is truly beautiful. I am also convinced that a Christian’s walk is beautiful, each one, in its own way. Part of the beauty is the uniqueness; the personal relationship between The Creator and His creature. It is something of explainable beauty.

If I could describe in one sentence what the Christian walk is like to me, it would be: It’s hard, it’s painful, it’s long, but it’s beautiful and worth every step.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

7 Things Your Partner Can Do To Support You When You Have PCOS

Don't be afraid to ask for help or comfort if you need it.


Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may not be totally visible to the eye, which makes it a lot harder for your partner to understand what's going on with your body.

If you are in a relationship, it's important that you communicate your PCOS symptoms with your partner. I say "your" symptoms specifically because everyone's symptoms are different.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Watched 'The Social Dilemma' And YIKES, I'm Terrified For The Next Generation's Mental Health

Millennials can remember a time without online social affirmation, but we may be the last ones.

The Social Dilemma / Netflix

I've been in a media job for the entirety of my professional career. From part-time social media internships to full-time editorial work, I've continued to learn how to tell stories, write catchy headlines, and keep people interested. I believe working in media is a big responsibility, as well as a valuable way to advance our world.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

One Indictment, Three Charges, And No Justice For Breonna Taylor

We can't settle for this decision or a system that is fundamentally broken and unequal.


On March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment by police who were executing a "no-knock" warrant. Since then, there have been rallying efforts both in the streets and on social media demanding justice for Taylor and keeping her name known.

Keep Reading... Show less

I was so excited to vote in my local primary election in August. I eagerly researched my local candidates, combed the newspaper for profiles and policy positions, and shared infographics on Insta about voting deadlines. I considered myself a keen voter.

Keep Reading... Show less

Nothing! There is no reason to feel guilty about food and nourishing your body. It's time to make peace with food and stop focusing on the "good" or "bad," "right" or "wrong" because food does not have power over you.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Sat Down With An Endocrinologist To Ask All My Questions About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

There are so many moving parts of hormonal health, so I went to an expert.

Anjanette Tan

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is an autoimmune disease that impacts approximately 1 in 10 women. Any woman who has PCOS can attest to the fact that no two cases are the same — there are so many aspects of hormonal health that can impact a woman's reproductive health! For many, PCOS is a trial and error condition, with many doctors' appointments depending on the stage of life the woman is in.

This week I sat down with Dr. Anjanette Tan to get the expert opinion on all my PCOS questions. Dr. Tan is a board-certified endocrinologist who's worked in private practices since 2004. She currently works at the Diabetes and Thyroid Center of Fort Worth, one of the largest all-endocrine practices in the area, where she is the managing partner and head of clinical research.

Keep Reading... Show less

This $40 Silk Sleep Mask Gives Me The Best Sleep I've Ever Had — I Never Go Anywhere Without It

Crane And Canopy just redefined the meaning of "beauty sleep".


- Since I can remember, I've always been a light sleeper, with the quietest sounds waking me up, and I regularly wake up with the sun.

- While talking to a gynecologist friend of mine, she mentioned the importance of using an eye mask for quality sleep, which regulates hormonal levels.

- I was serendipitously sent the Crane & Canopy Silk Sleep Mask almost right after that conversation and was honestly reluctant to try it after testing other sleep masks that felt uncomfortable and irritated my skin.

- This sleep mask was extremely comfortable, and for the first time in nearly a decade, I slept in far past when I usually do on the weekends and woke up feeling more refreshed than I can remember — I've worn it nearly every night since then.

The older I get, it seems that sleep becomes an increasingly important topic of conversation amongst my friends and me. Yes, of course we complain about how tired we always are, but the pattern seemed to be a lack of sleep on the weekdays followed by late nights and sleeping in on the weekends without any solution.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

The Self-Care Kit Every College Student Should Have Handy In 2020

Make sure you have everything you need to relieve some tension.


As college students, sometimes life can be overwhelming. Four tests in a week and you only passed one of them? I feel that. Days like that, you just need time for yourself. A time where you're nice to yourself and put your own self-care before anything else.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

The Smile Project Just Launched An Ambassador Program, And I Can't Wait To Get Started

Looking to shift your perspective, be happier, or just get involved in something truly amazing? Look no further.


The Smile Project is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading happiness, founded by Elizabeth Buechele. It all started on a random day in the fall of her senior year. She was driving home from school when this thought crossed her mind: "Day 1: Happiness is…those perfect car rides where the radio just plays all the right songs."

Keep Reading... Show less

I'll never forget the day that someone told me these words: "Madison, I think you're a good friend to everyone but yourself." I stood there completely in awe of that statement. Before that day, I never really thought about being a friend to myself, and at the time, I didn't really know what it meant. Now, I realize that you can't fully be there for other people unless you're there for yourself, too. You can't show up for others until you're willing to show up for yourself.

Here are five things everyone should learn in order to be a better friend to themselves. These steps are hard, but they're so worth it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments